The heavyweight division is perhaps the most alive it has been for decades at the moment largely down to the competition created by its three leading fighters Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.

The three men at the top have created a real buzz amongst casual sports fans once again not only in the division but in boxing as a whole.

Retired champions like Wladimir Klitschko are thought to be thinking about a comeback as a consequence of the buzz that these fighters have installed in boxing’s once glamor division.

But there’s also a large number of prospects coming through at the moment all bidding to fight their way to the top too.

One such undefeated contender is Jermaine Franklin (17-0) who fights on this weekend’s women’s title unification card between Claressa Shields and Christina Hammer in Atlantic city.

In fact, he already thinks he’s the best.

Speaking ahead of Saturday night he said:

“I already believe that I am the best heavyweight in the world. There are a lot of big strong heavyweights (out there) but I’m a balanced athlete — which makes me different.”

Bold words that time will only tell if the 25-year-old from Michigan can back up in the ring.

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